April Showers

Sara and Liz Williams at that first Carrollton crafts show, 1975

Sara and Liz Williams at that first Carrollton crafts show, 1975


After a round of intense spring storms, another Delta spring is ready to explode into green trees and brown fields and what David Cohn described as “God shakes Creation.” The most vibrant and refreshing week of the year, the one where we all shake off the frost and the dust of a too-long winter and look around and remember why we planted our flags and our lives in this place.

Sara Louise Evans made her entrance into this world just a stone’s throw from the cotton fields and barely a block south of the Yazoo River’s banks, on an April Fool’s morning, 92 years ago. So much about Greenwood has changed in those 9+ decades and so much remains eternally the same. She loved this old town with all her heart and I am so very grateful that she gave it to me for safekeeping.

It’s time to fire up the “daughter of the delta” blog again, even though we have already read all of Sara’s memoirs. But there are so many photos and newspaper articles, which I have been reluctant to post for fear of copyright infringement. The Commercial Appeal has not answered my requests for permission to use these, so I will revert to Sara’s mantra: When in doubt, forge ahead and let the chips fall where they may. More to follow.

About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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6 Responses to April Showers

  1. Debbie Wiles says:

    Welcome, Spring! And welcome back! xo

    • sec040121 says:

      Thanks, Debbie. Time to dust off some more scrapbooks and get back to work. Greenwood is just busting out all over and it’s time you came back for a visit.

  2. jennyadams22 says:

    YES! IT’S BACK! i’m so excited. Post away please Aunt Pilgrim.

    • sec040121 says:

      Thank you, #1Groupie. I’m not cure what form this continuation will take, but Sara’s shade is really pressuring me to do SOMETHING. If the Commercial Appeal sues me for copyright infringement, I will come live with you and be a jet setter.

      • jennyadams22 says:

        I think you are married to a man with a legal degree, right? Meh … let them come. Your blog will blow up and become famous that way. Free press!
        And you are welcome to come and jet set with me anytime. I’m in Costa Rica right now, actually.
        Yesterday, I had to zip line …. for work. Life is not hard, I’ll say that much

        I want Russell’s stories too please

      • sec040121 says:

        Russell will have more of a role in this set. Be careful on that zip line.

        Sent from my iPad

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